Town celebrates D-Day anniversary

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THE 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings was marked in Wigan town centre with music and military hardware.

Crowds gathered yesterday (Thursday) as a replica Spitfire took centre stage in Market Place and a real aircraft engine was set going to spectacular effect.

D-Day celebrations, Market Place

D-Day celebrations, Market Place

The Royal British Legion opened the event marching behind a pipe and drum ban and there was also military memorabilia and a quad bike towing a large 50lb can.

Organiser John Magee, from chairman of the Wigan branch of the National Service Royal Air Force Association, said: “We are allowed to do what we do today because we weren’t beaten in the war. When we attacked we actually released Europe and the threat to the whole world.

“Most of the world was involved and it is important to keep celebrating D-Day.”